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Nixies Vacay Cove Playset
on 19 September 2014
This fun play set comes with a swimming mermaid, her little pet seal and a large, plastic bowl (a little like a goldfish bowl) which your child can decorate with stickers. The mermaid herself is quite sweet; although my daughter was a little upset you could not comb her hair – which is plastic. However, unlike many of these types of toys, this does actually swim very well. The toy takes a battery (not included) and there is a small, rubber seal, which should keep the battery dry. The bowl is quite large and I didn’t really feel my daughter could play with it on the floor (even a large towel would not catch all the water if it tipped), so it was relegated to the sink upstairs. Personally, I felt the bowl was quite limiting – the mermaid does twist and turn, but she doesn’t really do as much as she can in a larger area. However, both my daughter and niece do enjoy playing with her in the bowl and they are the target audience, plus it makes a nice ‘home’ for the mermaid.
Although I personally feel the bowl is quite limiting, in the bath the toy really does move very well. A simple button operates the propeller and moving the doll's tail up or down changes her direction. Be careful though if your child has long hair, because it could possibly get caught in the propeller. However, this toy really does work when she enters the water (not quite the sea, but the bath will have to do). My daughter loved playing with her and she enjoyed the way she moved so quickly and trying to make her do `tricks' (pointing her tail down means she does neat loops for example, keep her tail straight and she fairly whizzes around the outside of the bath). A nice toy which will appeal to little girls and which is just the right size for bath time. If you prefer to forget the bowl, you can buy a version of the mermaid on her own which is just as much fun.